Police roll out Clare’s Law across county

Domestic violence (posed by models)
Domestic violence (posed by models)

A scheme which enables people to check the police record of their partners has been launched in Derbyshire.

Clare’s Law is to be launched across the county as part of a national focus on domestic abuse.

The scheme is named after Clare Wood, who was murdered by her ex-boyfriend George Appleton in Salford in 2009. She was unaware of Appleton’s history of violence against women.

It works in two ways, a right to ask and a right to know.

A right to ask is where information is disclosed following a request from a member of the public and a right to know is where police make a decision to disclose details when they receive information to suggest a person could be at risk.

Det Supt Andy Stokes, head of public protection said: “This is a national scheme that we hope will provide people with the information they need to make informed decisions about their relationships and to take relevant action. To make a request for information contact police on 101.”